Directed by Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) and written by Emmy winner Ann Peacock (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA), THE FIRST GRADER is the triumphant true story of one man’s battle to overcome his past in order to be educated.
When the Kenyan government promises free education for all, 84 year-old Maruge (Oliver Litondo in his debut role) makes his way to a remote primary school in the Kenyan bush to get himself the education he has always been denied. A former Mau Mau warrior, fifty years earlier he fought for the liberation of his country and now he must fight for his right to learn to read and write in a class of six-year-olds. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane (Naomie Harris, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on an old man.
Full of humour and vitality, THE FIRST GRADER uncovers the shocking untold history of British colonial rule in Kenya and tells the remarkable, inspirational story of one man's determination to learn in the face of adversity. Extras
Making The First Grader, incl interviews with Naomie Harris
What Happened Next: Maruge's journey to the UN with ActionAidSubtitle information
Original language: English
Subtitles for the hard of hearing: None